Psalm 23 Part 1
The Shepherd’s Will
“Where lives change and where life can begin again”
So often we read or hear certain scripture(s) that become routine, mundane, a
procedure, practice, pattern, regimen; or a program, formula, method, custom,
or even a habit. Psalm 23 has been quoted for so long, on so many occasions
and situations, that we stop hearing the words of God. He has a special
message each time we open the pages of “His Book”. I have learned to listen to
His voice each time I read, even if I have read the passage 100 times.
Let’s read Psalm 23 again in the light of revelation and see what God has to
say. Let’s see if we can see this passage of scripture with new eyes and not with
the eyes of routine, or habit.
Psalm 23 (NKJV) says…
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness; For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my
head with oil;
My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Let’s look at the very first sentence. It is amazing what you can see with truly
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
So much to say in one sentence.
The Lord. What is a Lord?
A Lord – is a Master, Ruler, Leader, Superior, Sovereign, King, Governor,
I knew that I had to come to a greater understanding of who God was to me. I
had to look deeper into the meanings of these words to get the whole picture
that God was trying to paint for me. To bring me to a place of joy and peace
and contentment in my picture of God. A scripture that I have read a thousand
times and almost made it another “nursery rhyme” or scripture that I had
memorized for a “sticker” in Sunday school. As I read it, this scripture began to
govern my life and put me in the right frame of mind. It caused me to see God
for the very first time, again.
God is my Master, my Ruler, my Leader, my Superior, my King, my Governor,
and my Commander for every part of my life.
A Shepherd – is to usher, steer, herd, lead, take, escort, guide, conduct,
marshal, walk; show, and chaperone.
“…My Lord, my Master is to usher me, steer me, herd me, lead me, take me, escort
me, guide me, conduct me, marshal me, walk with me, show me, and to
chaperone me through my life…” All of it, not just parts of my life.
This small sentence in this passage of scripture became alive for me. He
became alive to me! I began to understand what I was supposed to do and
what he was called to do for my life. Now I had to learn to “let” him. I had to
learn to listen and do according to His Word as He lead me through each
situation in my life.
The next part of that sentence is “I shall not want”.
There is a defining moment in that sentence that brought a smile to my face
and joy in my heart about the God and Lord that I serve. God doesn’t desire for
me to want for any good thing. (Psalm 34:10) It is the Shepherd’s good
pleasure to protect you and supply for your every need.
When I allow the Master, Ruler, the King to usher, steer, guide, and conduct my
life, I will not want! Recognizing that God, My Shepherd knows all and loves me
completely; He would never withhold anything from me. It is His great pleasure
to give us the Kingdom. (Luke 12:32) Jesus came to give us life and that more
abundantly. (John 10:10b)
It is God’s will to give you everything that pertains to life and godliness. (2 Pet
1:3) The Shepherd is there to feed and guide and to protect. When we follow
him and allow him to be Lord over our lives, he will lead us to our destiny. And
His promise is that “You shall NOT want!”
There is more to the story…
Join me next week when we discuss:
Psalm 23 – “Green Pastures and Still Waters…”
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